Denville Township NJ is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Denville is known as the "Hub of Morris County" for its location along major transportation routes at the center of the county. In 1988, as part of the town's 75th anniversary celebration, a time capsule was buried that contained "artifacts" from that era.
Denville was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 14, 1913, from portions of Rockaway Township.
History of Denville NJ
Native Lenape Native Americans were known to travel the Minisink Trail for centuries before Europeans arrived in New Jersey. Part of that trail cut across what is now southern Denville, roughly following the course of Route 10 and Mount Pleasant Turnpike. Some research has indicated that there was a Lenape campsite along the trail in Denville, on or near the Ayres / Knuth Farm Historic Site along Route 10.
When Dutch and English settlers began to arrive in the new world in the early 17th century, the Minisink Trail was the likely route they traveled to explore the interior. Daniel Denton, one of the purchasers of what is known as the Elizabethtown Tract in 1664, led an expedition into the interior of northern New Jersey. In 1670, he wrote the first English language description of the area. Some researchers conclude that the name "Denville" derives from Denton.
Denville School System
The Denville Township School District serve public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 1,817 students and 138.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.08:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics are Lakeview Elementary School (grades PreK-5; 709 students) Riverview Elementary School (K-5; 431) Valleyview Middle School (6-8; 677).
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Morris Knolls High School, which is located in Denville, but has a Rockaway address, along with most students from Rockaway Township. The high school is part of the Morris Hills Regional High School District, which also serves the residential communities of Rockaway Borough and Wharton. As of the 2014-15 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,583 students and 142.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1.
St. Mary's Prep is a K-8 elementary school founded in 1954 and Morris Catholic High School is a four-year comprehensive Roman Catholic regional high school that was founded in 1957, both of which are operated as part of the Diocese of Paterson.
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